As a boy, he sang in a church choir and was inspired to become a drummer by watching local marching bands. “I saw the guys in the band playing drums – they had on shiny suits and were getting all the attention from the girls,” he recalled. “So I decided: that’s what I want to do.”
That motivation explaining much of the world around us actually.
doesn’t matter very much what it is in your version of society that gets the girls’ attention, it’s the getting the attention that motivates.
As we’d sorta expect in a species that reproduces sexually.
By 1966 he had joined the Ramsey Lewis Trio, replacing Isaac “Red” Holt on drums. Over the next three years he played on nine of the jazz trio’s albums, including Wade in the Water (1966). White described Lewis as his “mentor”.
That’s how Ramsey Lewis became involved in Earth End and Fire then…..and that piece in particular is a fine piece of drumming. Nothing flashy.
and then there’s this, the Jimmy Saville connection:
Again, nothing flashy, but nicely done.
And how about the teenage high school band with Booker T?